Eric Simonson Biography

ERIC SIMONSON is an ensemble member of the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. There he directed plays and initiated the company’s first play development program, entitled The New Plays Project. At Steppenwolf Theatre, Simonson’s productions include “Mother Courage,” “Slavs!,” “The Secret Rapture,” “Inspecting Carol,” and “Evelyn and the Polka King.” Also for Steppenwolf, he directed “The Song of Jacob Zulu,” which ran on Broadway and received six Tony nominations.  “Nomathemba,” which he co-wrote with Playwright/Poet Ntozake Shange and Joseph Shabalala, leader of the singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, also premiered at Steppenwolf.

Simonson’s other film credits include “Hamlet” (co-directed with Campbell Scott) for Hallmark Entertainment and Topa Topa Bluffs, an independent film written by Emmy Award winner Rick Cleveland. Simonson’s award-winning short film, “Ladies Room L.A.,” appeared in over 40 film festivals around the world, and he is currently developing a television pilot for HBO entitled “Five Points.”

Simonson has received a Joseph Jefferson Citation, The Arts and Media Award from NCCJ, a Tony Award Nomination for “The Song of Jacob Zulu,” and The Princess Grace Foundation Award for his work at Steppenwolf Theatre.